The first coat of linseed paint has been going on over the weekend. I quite liked the natural wood but it will last a lot longer with UV protection and some oils.
Linseed paint doesn’t crack or peel (unlike the modern gloss paint that ruined the timber), and is breathable so the wood should remain well protected. It should only need nourishing with boiled linseed oil every 15 years.
The window frame used to be white but I’ve gone for black for more of a Tudor effect. I still haven’t finished the first coat – The edges take a long time so it will probably end up taking 2 full days per coat. It’s starting to look nearly finished now.